April 10, 2004
PLYMOUTH MEETING - On Saturday, April 10th at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth, the Villanova baseball team was swept in a Big East doubleheader by Virginia Tech, dropping a 2-1 heartbreaker in nine innings in game one and losing 18-1 in game two. With the day's two losses, the Wildcats fell to 18-12-1 overall on the season and 3-7 in Big East Conference play. The Hokies have now won three straight conference games and improved to 16-14 overall on the year and 3-7 in Big East action.
Villanova took the lead first in game one against Tech starter Josh Biber, scoring once in the bottom of the first inning to claim a 1-0 advantage. With third baseman Angelo Petracca on second and two outs, leftfielder Brian Newbold lined an RBI single up the middle to give the `Cats an early 1-0 lead.
Virginia Tech rallied to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the second inning. Wildcat starter Kevin Mulvey walked first baseman Sean O'Brien to lead off the inning. Leftfielder Matt Foley followed with an RBI double over the head of Villanova centerfielder Kris Molloy, tying the game at one apiece.
Both starters buckled down for there, putting zeros up on the scoreboard to keep the game knotted at 1-1.
Mulvey allowed just one hit threw the first six innings, but with one out in the top of the seventh walked Sheldon Adams. Wildcat right-hander Mike Grodecki came on in relief for the `Cats and got out of the jam, sending the contest into the bottom of the seventh tied.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, pinch hitter Craig Mirsky hammered a leadoff double to center, giving Villanova the go-ahead run on base. Nicky Bowers relieved Biber with one out and got Molloy to pop to second and Danny Poydenis out swinging to end the threat.
With the contest tied 1-1 after seven full, the game went into extra innings. In the top of the ninth inning, the Hokies got back to back singles through the right side with one out. Virginia Tech had runners at the corners with one out, when Tom Blaszak came to the plate and hit a ground ball to third base. Petracca fielded the ball for the `Cats but fired wide to the plate, allowing Nate Parks to score the go-ahead run for the Hokies, giving them a 2-1 advantage.
The Wildcats had the tying run at second with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Bowers got Poydenis to ground out to second base to end the game with Virginia Tech taking home the 2-1 victory.
Bowers earned the win on the mound for Tech to improve to 4-0. Grodecki took the loss for Villanova to fall to 2-3. Mulvey pitched well for the Wildcats, but got the no decision. He allowed just one run on out hit in 6.1 innings of work, striking out two and walking four.
At the plate for the `Cats, Newbold went two-for-three with one RBI and Alan Day was two-for four. For the Hokies, Foley went two-for-four with a double and an RBI.
Virginia Tech jumped on the Wildcats early in game two, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning off of Villanova starter Jake Wolff. Designated hitter Wyatt Toregas and centerfielder Sheldon Adams each had two-run single in the inning for the Hokies.
Sophomore right-hander Ted Aust came on in relief of Wolff with one out in the top of the first inning. Aust got out of the first inning jam, and kept the Tech offense off-balance for the next four innings.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Hokies took advantage of a two-out Wildcat error, putting three unearned runs on the board to extend their lead to 8-0. Shortstop Warren Schaeffer had a two-run single in the inning for Virginia Tech.
After being blanked by Hokies starter Andrew Wells for the first five innings, Villanova finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning. Brian Newbold's RBI groundout accounted for the Wildcats' lone run in the inning.
Up by an 8-1 margin, the Virginia Tech offense erupted in the late innings. The Hokies hit up the Wildcat bullpen for three runs in the eighth inning and seven runs in the ninth inning, as Virginia Tech went on for the 18-1 victory.
Wolff took the loss for the `Cats to fall to 2-2. Aust pitched well in relief, allowing just three unearned runs on six hits in 6.1 innings, striking out one and walking one.
Wells got the win on the mound for the Hokies to improve to 3-5. He allowed just one run in six innings, striking out six batters.
Alan Day and Brian Trota each had two hits for the Wildcat offense.
Adams was the big hitter in game two for Virginia Tech, going four-for-six with a triple and five RBI.
Next up for the Wildcats:
Villanova will get back into action on Thursday, April 15th, traveling to Bethlehem, Pa., to take on Lehigh at 3:00 p.m.